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Dr. Smitha Hegde

Dr. Smitha Hegde

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Academic Background:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Biosciences), LAB, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore University, 1998

  • Master of Science (Zoology), Mumbai University, 1991


  • Professor, Nitte Centre for Science Education and Research, Mangalore (April, 2017- till date)

  • Associate Professor and research guide, Department of Post graduate studies in Biotechnology, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore (2013-2017).

  • Associate Professor and Head, Department of Post graduate studies in Biotechnology, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore (2007 -2013).

  • Lecturer, Department of Biotechnology, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore (2002-2007).

  • CSIR-RA- Post-Doc, Laboratory of Applied Biology, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore (1999-2002).

Research Interests:

  • Plant molecular Biology.

  • Genetic diversity and distribution studies of Pteridophytes.

  • Abiotic and heavy metal stress induced studies in plant systems.

  • In vitro propagation of trees and medicinal plants.

  • Bioremediation and phytoremediation of toxic pollutants.


  • Sofia Lecturing Research Award- 2017, Sofia University, Tokyo, Japan

  • Karnataka State Eligibility for Lectureship (KSET) certificate, 2015.

  • CSIR & Costed IBN Travel Grant to attend International Pteridophyte Symposium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, 1995.

  • INSA-COSTED Travel fellowship to attend International Pteridophyte symposium, Guildford, UK, 2001.

  • SS BIR Gold medal for outstanding work in Pteridology, 2014.

  • Sahyadri Ecologist Award for best paper, International Conference on Conservation and Sustainable management of Ecologically sensitive regions in Western Ghats, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Alva's College, Moodabidri, 2016.

Research projects:

Extramural Funding

  • DNA barcoding of Ferns of South India for genetic diversity studies, Funded by DST-SERB, 2017-2020.

Guidance to research students:

Currently enrolled PhD students: 6

Guided PhD students: 3

Guided PG Students: 98

Selected Publications:

  • Severes, A., Hegde, S., D’Souza, L and Smitha Hegde (2017). Use of light emitting diodes (LEDs) for enhanced lipid production in micro-algae based biofuels. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology. 170: 235-240.

  • Smitha Hegde and L.D’Souza (2016). Auxin transport inhibitor 2,3,5 Triiodobenzoic acid (TIBA) induced Direct shoot morphogenesis in Millingtonia hortensis L.f. Current Science111(1): 25-26

  • Shaiesh Morajkar, Sudha Sajeev and Smitha Hegde (2015). A DNA barcode for Stenochlaena palustris: An edible medicinal fern. Indian Fern Journal Vol 32. 124-131

  • Sudha Sajeev, Ramya P.V, Sunitha B.C and Smitha Hegde (2013) Phytoremediation of Cadmium using Pteris spp”. Chapter 16: Prospects in Bioscience: Addressing the Issues. Sabu, Abdulhameed; Augustine, Anu (Eds.) Springer, XV, 430 p

All Publications:

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=cCwUeQwAAAAJ&hl=en

ResearchGate: www.researchgate.net/profile/Smitha_Hegde3/contributions